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How to Care for Eyelash Extensions

Eyelash Extensions
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Eyelash extensions used to be something that were reserved for famous people, but modern techniques and reduction in cost have made them accessible to almost everyone. Eyelash extensions make people feel more glamorous and many women completely forego mascara because they don’t feel like they need it. However, eyelash extensions do take a little care to keep them looking their best, so we thought we’d put together a little expert guide to keeping them looking their best.

Straight After Application

In the first 24-48 hours, the most important thing you can do to your new eyelashes is keep them dry. This means no face cleansing, no getting them wet in the shower and no crying! The adhesive will still be setting, even if it feels like it’s totally dry, and water will compromise the stickiness of it. If you want your lashes to last, keeping them dry for the first two days is essential. You also need to stay away from chlorinated pools and heat treatments such as steam rooms, saunas and sunbeds for at least 24 hours, as this is the time that the lashes need for proper bonding.

Ongoing Care

It’s important to think about the products you use on your new eyelashes, even after they’re bonded properly. If you want to use additional mascara, it’s important to avoid waterproof ones as it’s tricky to remove and can make your lashes pull out early. Removal of make-up should be done with a water based product such as Decleor Soothing Micellar Water as oil-based cleaners can start to dissolve the glue.


As we mentioned above, oils can break down the glue which attaches your lashes, and unfortunately that can include the oil that your body naturally produces. That’s why regular cleaning is essential. Some people recommend using baby shampoo, but this is not designed to be used on eyes (no matter how much they promise ‘no tears’!). We recommend that you use Elemis Gentle Foaming Facial Wash which will wash away the oils without compromising your extensions, or irritating your eyes.

Get a Magic Wand!

Okay, they’re actually called spoolie wands, but they’re a little touch of magic for eyelash extensions. For those who don’t know, a spoolie is basically the same as a mascara wand and can be used to brush your eyelashes to stop them getting matted. Brushing with a spooling is an essential step in keeping your lashes smooth and feathery and using a dedicated tool means that your lashes won’t get damaged or pulled out.

Last updated on 11/05/2019.

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